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‘We’re invisible’: Peru’s moment of reckoning on informal workers

Solórzano predicts. “It will be really hard to subsist. “Informal workers will multiply,” Ms. It’s not just me – it will be our reality at the national and international level. How will we move ahead after this pandemic?”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. No paywall.
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Roca says.“We’re invisible”Before COVID-19, Gloria Solórzano worked two informal jobs, starting around 4 a.m. We’re invisible,” she says of informal workers. Ñopo says.The shortcomings of Peru’s ambitious package reflect the “fragility of our safety nets,” former finance minister Luis Miguel Castilla said in an April 15 online conference hosted by the Wilson Center. He and hundreds of other vendors on the block had their wares confiscated by municipal officials, and were told that to get them back, they would need to pay a set fine for breaking the lockdown, which, for some vendors, was double the value of the merchandise itself.“When the option is to die of hunger or hope that this illness doesn’t get you, of course you break quarantine to try and feed your family,” he says. Particularly hidden are the 70% of Peruvian workers who labor in the informal sector – many of whom lack bank accounts, too. “It’s like we decided poverty is almost over in [Peruvian] cities and we only need to focus on rural areas,” says Carmen Roca of WIEGO, an international NGO advocating for informal workers. )

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Early this spring, Peru was lauded for its quick action against COVID-19 – and not only in terms of health. “The government needs to adapt – see the error as a tool for excellence” moving forward.“We can’t keep running on autopilot,” Mr. Despite Peru’s lauded response efforts, it now has one of the world’s longest lockdowns, and the second-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, with more than 264,000 cases and more than 8,000 people killed. Jacob Turcotte/Staff
The day to day is grim: Ms. Roca says. But this is the moment when we have to learn from these mistakes,” he says. The government invested in respirators and hospital beds, and offered bonuses to medical professionals. But challenges delivering lockdown relief are highlighting just how partial that success has truly been. Part 2 of “One pandemic, many safety nets: A global series.”

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Street vendors selling their products, ignoring lockdown measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, wait for clients as mounted policemen patrol in La Victoria district of Lima, Peru, June 19, 2020. Rodrigo Abd/AP

Patio umbrellas and tarps dot the landscape at La Parada market in La Victoria district in Lima, Peru, June 23, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico City
When Luis David Arias Gutiérrez first learned of Peru’s strict coronavirus lockdown, the Lima-based street vendor supported it.Sure, it would be tough. “The situation here is really critical, more so than in other countries, because the government isn’t taking us into account. Solórzano eats one meal, down from two or three a day pre-pandemic. Public markets have become hot spots, with nearly 8 in 10 vendors testing positive in one fruit market alone. is spending about 14% of its GDP.) But reaching vulnerable households with the transfers of 380-760 soles ($110-$220) has proved challenging – particularly given outdated information on who is struggling. We’ve grown extraordinarily, had fiscal discipline,” says Hugo Ñopo, an economist at Grade, a development think tank in Lima. Loading… It designed an economic relief package that not only offered low-interest loans to businesses and helped employers keep workers on payrolls, but also targeted the poor, vulnerable, and self-employed with vital cash transfers.But today, more than three months later, Mr. Where things went wrong, experts say, was in misunderstanding the dynamics of poverty in a country that has gained “middle-income” status over two decades of growth. Food baskets, for example, were to be distributed at the municipal level, and the government has received hundreds of complaints of irregularities, like expired products or goods removed before delivery.Ms. She feels lucky that her adult children are helping her where they can, but they too are now without an income. No paywall.He made it through one and a half months of lockdown before heading back to the streets. The pandemic “is exposing the fact that there are still a lot of people in poverty who we didn’t see before.”Challenges in identifying who is in need won’t be resolved overnight, she says, but hopefully the pandemic will set priorities moving forward.“This population working informally, in a sense, they have finally been seen and recognized,” Ms. But the government, it seemed, knew what it was asking of workers like him.Peru set a global example of quick action in the face of COVID-19, implementing a nationwide lockdown March 16, soon after its first confirmed case. ‘We’re invisible’: Peru’s moment of reckoning on informal workers

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For two decades, Peru charted its own success story, as millions joined the middle class. She’d sell fresh fruit, bringing home roughly $10, in the morning, and embroider in the afternoons. But she’s over 60 and says going out to work is too risky. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsEditor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. What’s more, the country has the second-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in Latin America. Roca says they were rebuffed. The government used various databases, but it became obvious early on that numbers on poverty were out of date, says Mr. June 30, 2020

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Deep Read ( 5 Min. each day. (In comparison, the U.S. Not with cash transfers, not with food donations,” says Mr. Ñopo, who co-wrote a United Nations Development Program policy note on Peru’s relief package. We’ve forgotten to invest in health and education.”Peru’s $26 billion relief package is worth an estimated 12% of the country’s gross domestic product. In the region, Peru ranks only behind Brazil, which has taken a decidedly less deliberate approach to halting the pandemic. Roca says the challenges in identifying who is in need clearly won’t be resolved overnight, but hopefully the pandemic will set priorities moving forward.“This population working informally, in a sense, they have finally been seen and recognized,” Ms. Like the staggering 70% of Peruvian workers that labor in the informal sector, the notebook and school-supply salesman lived largely day to day, without much savings to fall back on. “Errors are unavoidable. Where things went wrong, experts say, was in misunderstanding the dynamics of poverty in a country that has gained “middle-income” status over two decades of growth.“It’s like we decided poverty is almost over in [Peruvian] cities and we only need to focus on rural areas,” says Peru-based Carmen Roca, the Latin America regional advisor for WIEGO, an international nongovernmental organization advocating for informal workers. Millions have moved out of poverty. Arias, who previously earned about $14 a day. The government designed an economic relief package that included vital cash transfers for poor, vulnerable, and self-employed people.Yet today, Peru has one of the world’s longest lockdowns, and many people have yet to receive any assistance. She knows of three who have received a government transfer.Meanwhile, unemployment has exploded, growing to 13.1%. “But we’ve forgotten to invest in the people. She’s the leader of the National Network of Self-Employed Workers (RENATTA), with roughly 2,000 members. After Peru first announced subsidies for poor people and informal workers, so many people were accidentally excluded that two new transfer programs were created, using information from other agencies.It isn’t for lack of trying, observers say. The pandemic “is exposing the fact that there are still a lot of people in poverty who we didn’t see before: They are earning day to day and working in difficult conditions.”Missing numbersIn a region known for economic booms and busts, Peru has been a model of steady economic success, bolstered by commodity exports and conservative fiscal policies. As leader of a local informal street merchant association, he knows scores of vendors who have fallen ill. But that progress may have given Peruvians a false sense of security.“For 20 years we’ve been a star country in terms of macroeconomics. “Peru lacks the tools to reach vulnerable populations,” including bank accounts – only 43% of the population has one.NGOs like WIEGO offered to create a roster of its own to share with the government, but Ms. She suspects that,   given high-profile corruption scandals in recent years, the government’s hands were tied on what kind of databases to use.Corruption has also been to blame for some of the poor execution. Arias feels tricked.“The state hasn’t done anything to help me. Rodrigo Abd/AP

Volunteers peel potatoes for a stew at a soup kitchen organized by residents in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood of Lima, Peru, June 8, 2020, amid the country’s economic shutdown.

Putin set to get his new constitution. But Russians ask, ‘Why now?’

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“Alternatives are not on the table.” Kolesnikov. About a quarter of Russians are expected to vote against the constitutional amendments.“Dissatisfied minorities will be made to understand through the outcome of this vote that Russia has a strong majority, and it supports Putin,” says Mr. There is also a clear message for Russia’s dissenting minorities, including restive urban liberals and the still-powerful Communist Party.

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By Fred Weir
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Russians have been voting over the past week on a sweeping package of more than 100 amendments to the country’s 1993 charter. Mr. Putin has long resisted introducing major changes to Russia’s fundamental law, in part because he’s managed to rule perfectly well without doing so. Mr. Putin set to get his new constitution. Its best-known feature is a clause that will enable Vladimir Putin to potentially remain in the Kremlin until 2036. Putin has often explicitly argued against devaluing the constitution by capriciously changing it. Originally, it looked like a design for a more sustainable political system after Mr. Putin’s enduring popularity is still rooted in the perception that he united the country after the disastrous 1990s and ushered in relative prosperity for most Russians.Russia’s economic growth stalled after the global crash of 2008, and Mr. Putin to evade past term limits and potentially remain in the Kremlin until 2036. I can’t see any special reason for it, but I guess our authorities are scared that if they wait a few months, people’s moods might change,” says Nikolai Svanidze, a historian and popular media commentator. All of them were linked to the fortunes of a particular leader,   rather than being a permanent distillation of national principles.If exit polls are correct, after voting ends this Wednesday, Russia is about to get its sixth new constitution – this one shaped around President Vladimir Putin.Russians have been voting over the past week, amid the still-raging coronavirus pandemic, on a sweeping package of more than 100 amendments to the country’s 1993 charter. “They tell us it’s still risky to enter some closed premises, yet they urge us to come out and vote. “I guess our authorities are scared that if they wait a few months, people’s moods might change.”

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Russia has had five different constitutions since the beginning of the 20th century. Putin fashioned a new majority paradigm by successfully standing up to the West’s efforts to sanction and isolate Russia over the domestically popular 2014 annexation of Crimea. Now he seems committed to getting this major revision done, and quickly.Some argue that the official haste is down to fear that public disaffection will rise, making it much harder to complete the constitutional overhaul. Now he seems committed to getting this major revision done, and quickly.Some argue that the official haste is down to fear that the economy will deteriorate, or public disaffection will rise, making it much harder to complete the constitutional overhaul if it is put off for a few months. June 30, 2020

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Deep Read ( 4 Min. Kolesnikov says, Mr. Mr. It’s not clear what the Kremlin was thinking when it put forward a raft of amendments early this year. What if I like some amendments, but not others?”
Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsReform in a hurryMr. But other polls suggest that trust in government institutions is declining while protest moods are rising, as the economic recession brought on by months of coronavirus lockdown deepens.“Why the rush to get the constitutional voting done? Putin, he might surely have found a simpler solution if his only goal was to remain in office for life.Creating a consensusAndrei Kolesnikov, an analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center, argues that the new constitution is a political project aimed at creating a fresh pro-Kremlin social and political consensus, which he dubs “Putin 3.0.”Mr. The measures are expected to pass handily, but the controversy the effort has kicked up seems unlikely to die down anytime soon.That begins with questions about why these changes were needed and why the Kremlin has rushed them through with hardly any public debate. Alexey Malgavko/Reuters

A woman in Nikolayevka, Russia, shows her passport to members of an electoral commission, wearing personal protective equipment, on June 26, 2020, during the referendum. A constitutional drafting committee then added a range of measures to replace the liberal tone of the 1993 document with socially conservative and nationalistic principles, like recognition of God, a ban on gay marriage, and placing Russian law above international obligations. And I don’t understand why the choice is just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the whole thing. The measures are expected to pass handily, but the controversy the effort has kicked up seems unlikely to die down anytime soon.That begins with questions about why these changes were even needed in the first place, why the Kremlin has rushed them through with hardly any public debate, and why the voting couldn’t have been postponed at least until the ongoing pandemic has finally abated.“I really can’t understand why this is all being done in such a hurry,” says Margarita Petrikova, a Moscow pensioner, voicing a common note of confusion. Loading… But for now he is anxious to prevent Russia’s fractious elites from squabbling over the succession.“Putin is still the only figure who can unite all the elites. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

A voter wearing a face mask and gloves casts his ballot at Kazansky railway station in Moscow, June 30, 2020. Putin needs social mobilization, as demonstrated in this voting, to drive home this message.”Sending messagesMr. The pandemic has many Russians asking why the referendum is being rushed ahead. No institutions or mechanisms exist to replace this,”   Mr. Mr. Putin’s political longevity – he’s been in power, one way or another, for 20 years – has been based not so much on winning competitive elections, as a Western politician would. Putin’s way of reviving his momentum through popular mobilization, says Mr. Putin to run for two more terms. They also added populist measures, such as indexing the minimum wage and pensions to inflation.In March, as the coronavirus pandemic hit, the surprise amendment was added to reset the presidential clock, allowing Mr. Putin has survived by using various tools to create the impression of popular majorities that support him.The first iteration of Putinism was from 2000 to 2008, when political stability combined with high oil prices and canny economic policies led to rapid growth and rising popular living standards. “So, what Putin needs them to hear is, ‘I am not a lame duck.’” The constitutional reform is expected to be approved, but urban liberals and members of the Communist Party are likely to vote against it. But Russians ask, ‘Why now?’

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Vladimir Putin had a plan to reform the Russian Constitution. “People are being told that if we don’t defend our conservative-patriotic values, we will lose what we have. But he also has often explicitly argued against devaluing the constitution by capriciously changing it. Now he’s changed the plan and is rushing it through a referendum, to many Russians’ confusion. Putin had left office in 2024, even if it created a powerful sinecure that might enable him to retain influence for awhile. “It’s summer, moods are positive, but by autumn maybe people will look in their refrigerators and think differently.”Most countries only amend their basic charters after some national shock or a sea change in public opinion compels it. Then the pandemic happened. What’s going on? Many analysts note that, while the entire exercise clearly revolves around Mr. Putin’s personal approval ratings remain high, around 60%. Kolesnikov.“The basic message is continuity of the stability of the Putin era,” he says. But other polls suggest that trust in government institutions is declining, as the economic recession brought on by months of coronavirus lockdown deepens.“Why the rush to get the constitutional voting done?” asks Nikolai Svanidze, a historian and popular media commentator. Kolesnikov says. I know they say you can do it online, but that seems too complicated. Unsurprisingly, its best-known feature is a clause that will enable Mr. Rather, Mr. That led to a wave of patriotism among average Russians, while the Kremlin gained popularity by successfully resisting Western pressures and asserting Russian influence on the world stage.But those sources of political popularity are largely exhausted, and the new constitution is Mr. Putin’s personal approval ratings remain high, around 60%. Putin may take up the option to run again for the presidency in 2024.

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Pandemic pricing: Are Mideast markets losing the art of the deal?

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June 30, 2020

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In Arab countries, where vast swaths of the economy are vendors, market stalls, and mom-and-pop shops, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted an age-old culture of marketplace haggling. Amid the pandemic, some shoppers are ordering items remotely. How much will you take off?If I buy two, what price will you give me?Buy four, and there’s a special discount – just for you. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsIt is a sport of necessity. Why We Wrote This

In Middle East markets, haggling is a sport, or perhaps a dance. Deserted marketplaces in Amman, Cairo, or Tunisia’s seaside village gem, Sidi Bou Said, all send a message to shoppers: Shops are closed or something is terribly wrong.Shopkeepers say they relied on the competition created by bustling crowds; multiple customers holding up and eyeing the same items would create an incentive for shoppers to buy what they think is “the last piece” or make an impulse offer so as not to lose a good deal to another browser. Instead we buy new and buy less,” says Umm Mohammed, a Syrian refugee and mother of five.The loss of business travel and tourism has also had a ripple effect in the Arab marketplace.“If someone is visiting from another city or country and has limited time in Cairo, this will be the first, last, and only chance to purchase from your shop,” says Khalil Muhanned, a coppersmith who sells decorative brass and stained-glass lanterns on a side street in old Islamic Cairo.Such a dynamic allowed shopkeepers to pile items onto a visitors’ shopping list, offering discounts to encourage them to spend “just a little bit more” to get that extra carpet or lantern for their in-laws or co-worker.“But when no one is traveling from another country, there is no longer a sense of discovery or pressure to make a purchase,” Mr. But what fun is that? Some have opened WhatsApp groups updated by the hour where they can haggle with individual customers. Coronavirus hygiene rules mean shoppers are no longer pausing to browse or barter, and traditional marketplaces have taken a hit. With the gloves-disinfectant-face mask logistics of hygiene, and concern of close contact, shopping has struggled to evolve.“No one is relaxed, no one is stopping to speak, no one is engaging,” says Abu Mohammed, slumped over the counter at his empty store in downtown Amman, Jordan. Pandemic pricing: Are Mideast markets losing the art of the deal? To want it, you need to touch itSocial distancing means shop owners can’t physically handle an item to show customers its “exquisite craftsmanship,” or present a more expensive product for comparison.“It’s just not the same,” Bassam Arafeh says in his shemagh stall in a nearly deserted downtown Amman, where for two decades he has relied on street traffic to sell hand-knitted checkered men’s headscarves.“Shopping is a tactile experience; you have to see and feel the item in order to truly want it,” he says, holding up the handwoven fluffy, white tassels dangling from a shemagh scarf hanging above him. But now it faces its most difficult challenge yet: the coronavirus.With curfews, social distancing, the gloves-disinfectant-face mask logistics of hygiene in the beating sun, and concern of close contact, good old-fashioned marketplace shopping has struggled to evolve in the COVID-19 era.In Arab countries, where vast swaths of the economy are vendors, market stalls, and mom-and-pop shops, the pandemic has taken a huge toll and disrupted an age-old shopping culture.“No one is engaging”Despite most Arab countries having been opened for weeks with relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Middle Eastern market traffic has slowed to a trickle in Amman, Cairo, and Tunis.In Amman, a valley of shops and street vendors running through the heart of the capital – usually thronged by crowds browsing everything from carpets to chickens – was deserted on a midday midweek.Abu Mohammed, who normally could sell up to $150 worth of his shop’s nuts, spices, coffees, and herbal remedies to one customer, says he is now lucky to make $75 in sales in an entire day.“No one is relaxed, no one is stopping to speak, no one is engaging,” he says, slumped over the counter at his empty downtown store, just below a government-issued decal on his shop window reading, “Social distancing, stay two meters apart.”“No matter if you have your best sales pitch, you can’t get people to stop and think about bartering and buying,” he says. “It’s not haggling; it’s human nature.”

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This has a mark on it. Loading… “Only health is on their mind.”Masked customers make hurried decisions from outside storefronts, or pass by without stopping, concerned about a sudden crowd gathering around them or another shopper sneezing in their face.“Before, I would just spend hours browsing and holding each dress or plate when I shopped, hunting for the perfect hidden gem that fits my style,” Umm Khaled, a 37-year-old Amman resident, says outside a shop as she waits for a vendor to hand her a set of tea glasses.Having phoned ahead, she grabs her items quickly.“Shopping is no longer browsing,” she says, “it’s like picking up a package. Muhanned says.Stopgap measuresEntrepreneurial merchants have come up with a handful of solutions to bring bartering back into the shopping experience.In Egypt and Jordan, shopkeepers have opened WhatsApp groups updated by the hour, posting their latest wares and encouraging side conversations where they haggle with individual customers; others are relying on Facebook, posting images and encouraging bidding on limited items.Many in Jordan and the Persian Gulf are starting to rely on a fleet of masked and gloved deliverymen and women working for ride-sharing apps, summoned at the whim of a customer, to complete a transaction without ever meeting the shopper.But rather than replace the intrigue and adrenaline rush of “naming your price,” shopkeepers say the measures are a stopgap to help them survive the pandemic. Taylor Luck

A vendor fills a bag of coffee at his now-empty spice and coffee shop in downtown Amman, Jordan, June 17, 2020. Such phrases are as much a part of the soundtrack of the souk as crashing waves are at the beach.Haggling and bargaining – at times a blood-sport, at times a game of poker, at others a carefully choreographed tango with each side refusing to verbalize their true desire – have been the lifeblood of Middle Eastern marketplaces for centuries; some say millennia. Taylor Luck

Shemagh scarf salesman Bassam Arafeh stands at his unusually quiet stall in downtown Amman, June 17, 2020. If you’re agile enough to get a bargain, you win. Others rely on Facebook, posting images and encouraging bidding on limited items.But the measures can’t replace the intrigue and adrenaline rush of “naming your price.” “No matter the amount of technology, once we return closer to normal life, people will be back in the street shopping and bargaining,” predicts Bassam Arafeh, a scarf seller. “No matter if you have your best sales pitch, you can’t get people to stop and think about bartering and buying,” he says.Entrepreneurial merchants have come up with a handful of stopgap solutions. I can’t wait to leave.”Then there’s the psychological impact of the lack of crowds. Vendors move product, shoppers get what they think is a bargain, the circle of commerce is complete.Haggling has continued as empires rose and fell, weathering natural disasters and war. Rather than thinking about how nice the item is, you just think, ‘Do I really want to spend this amount?’”Social distancing and pandemic concerns have also disrupted a delicate economic ecosystem for limited-income citizens who relied on haggling for day-old vegetables or worn clothes and who are now wary of used items.“We can’t afford to get sick.

Arafeh, the scarf seller, as he tapes up a handwritten sign reading “25% off.”“It’s not haggling; it’s human nature.” “No matter the amount of technology, once we return closer to normal life, people will be back in the street shopping and bargaining,” predicts Mr.

China just passed the Hong Kong security law. What happens now?

It will be added to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution.”We hope the law will serve as a deterrent to prevent people from stirring up trouble,” said Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong’s sole representative on the Standing Committee “Don’t let Hong Kong be used as a tool to split the country.”He said punishments would not include the death penalty, but did not elaborate on further details.Passage of the law came amid fears in Hong Kong and abroad that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the Asian financial hub. China just passed the Hong Kong security law. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsThe United States has already begun moves to end special trade terms given to Hong Kong after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.The legislation is aimed at curbing subversive, secessionist, and terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s affairs. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the law would “only target an extremely small minority” of lawbreakers, would not be retroactive, and that mainland legal bodies would only have jurisdiction in “rare, specified situations.”Critics say it is the most significant erosion to date of Hong Kong’s British-style rule of law and the high degree of autonomy that Beijing promised Hong Kong would enjoy at least through 2047 under a “one country, two systems” framework.Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Nathan Law issued statements on Facebook saying they would withdraw from their organization Demosisto, which then announced that it would disband with the loss of its top members.Mr. What happens now? has already moved to curb special trade relations with Hong Kong that were set up after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. The U.S. Loading… Kin Cheung/AP

Pro-China supporters rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong, June 30, 2020. Beijing condemned those protests as an attempt to permanently split Hong Kong away from China.Drafting of the law took place amid intense secrecy, with even top Hong Kong officials reportedly not given advance notice of its specifics.Questions linger over the effects on Hong Kong’s free press that has come under increasing political and financial pressure, as well as the operations of non-governmental organizations, particularly those with foreign connections.The law’s passage comes after Hong Kong’s legislature in early June approved a contentious bill making it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. Hong Kong faces an uncertain future after China’s President Xi Jinping passed the Hong Kong national security law that sparked massive protests last year. It follows months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year that at times descended into violence.Speaking in a video message to the U.N. June 30, 2020

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China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system.President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order promulgating the law after it was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Rosenzweig said in a statement.Concerns were also expressed in Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory to be brought under its control by force if necessary.”Democracy and freedom are shared universal values of Hong Kong and Taiwan,” the island’s Mainland Affairs Council said, adding that China had betrayed its promises to Hong Kong.The self-governing island recently said it would consider providing asylum for Hong Kong opposition figures who fear arrest.Ahead of the law’s passage, the Trump administration said Monday it will bar defense exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items that have both civilian and military uses.”We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the [ruling Communist Party] by any means necessary,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said his government was “deeply concerned” over reports of the law’s passage, saying that would be a “grave step.” Britain has said it could offer residency and possible citizenship to around 3 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people.”This issue is purely China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Tuesday.He said China would take necessary measures to protect its national interests in response to “the wrong acts of the United States.”Under the law, Beijing will set up a national security office in Hong Kong to collect and analyze intelligence and deal with criminal cases related to national security.Government critics fear Beijing will use the law to pursue political opponent. Pro-China figures have also been pushing for more “patriotic” education to be introduced into the curriculum in hopes that will boost their identification with Beijing. The international community responded with concern over the erosion of democratic values caused by China. Some have questioned the legal basis on which China proceeded with the legislation, saying it undermines the Basic Law.An earlier attempt to pass a security law in 2003 was dropped after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong’s streets against it.China for years had put off another such effort, but citing a new urgency after last year’s protests, announced it would bypass the Hong Kong legislature and enact the law on its own.Chinese officials have railed against what they claim is foreign interference in the territory that they blame for encouraging the anti-government protests. Wong said “worrying about life and safety” has become a real issue and nobody will be able to predict the repercussions of the law, whether it is being extradited to China or facing long jail terms.More than a hundred protesters gathered at a luxury mall in Hong Kong’s Central business district, chanting slogans including “Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now,” with several holding up a flag representing an independent Hong Kong as well as posters condemning the law.The law’s passage “represents the greatest threat to human rights in the city’s recent history,” said the head of Amnesty International’s China Team, Joshua Rosenzweig.”The speed and secrecy with which China has pushed through this legislation intensifies the fear that Beijing has calculatingly created a weapon of repression to be used against government critics, including people who are merely expressing their views or protesting peacefully,” Mr.

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Iran journalist sentenced to death over 2017 protest work

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The channel later continued under a different name. The writing on the podium reads "defendant’s place." Mr. Zam had published embarrassing information about officials that challenged Iran’s Shiite theocracy. June 30, 2020

By Nasser Karimi
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Tehran, Iran
Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday.Ruhollah Zam’s website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials that directly challenged Iran’s Shiite theocracy. Zam’s channel also shared times and organizational details for the protests as well.Telegram shut down the channel over Iranian government complaints it spread information about how to make gasoline bombs. Zam somehow returned to Iran and found himself detained by intelligence officials. He said her time spent in jail will count toward the sentence.Iranian officials disclosed last July that Ms. Adelkhah had been arrested on espionage charges. Zam is the son of Shiite cleric Mohammad Ali Zam, a reformist who once served in a government policy position in the early 1980s. Mr. Those charges were later dropped but security-related charges remained against her.Ms. Iran journalist sentenced to death over 2017 protest work

Ruhollah Zam, an Iranian journalist whose online work helped inspire the 2017 economic protests, was sentenced to death on June 30. Mr. Authorities released Mr. The name of his public defender wasn’t immediately known.Mr. Rouhani and even Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could be heard in online videos shared by Mr. Many believe that hard-line opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani instigated the first demonstrations in the conservative city of Mashhad in eastern Iran, trying to direct public anger at the president. Mr. Adelkhah and her French fellow researcher, Roland Marchal, were held in Iran’s Evin Prison. He highlighted his work on a channel on Telegram, the secure messaging app that remains incredibly popular among Iranians. Loading… It was not immediately clear when the sentence was handed down. Those demonstrations represented the biggest challenge to Iran since the 2009 Green Movement protests and set the stage for similar mass unrest last November.The details of his arrest still remain unclear. Mr. Zam is able to appeal his sentence, issued by a Revolutionary Court. Mr. Marchal in March in an apparent prisoner swap for Iranian Jalal Ruhollahnejad, who had been held in France.Iran, which does not recognize dual nationality for its citizens, has a track record of detaining dual nationals or those with ties to the West. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsThe initial spark for the 2017 protests was a sudden jump in food prices. Though he was based in Paris, Mr. Zam had run a website called AmadNews that posted embarrassing videos and information about Iranian officials. Zam’s death sentence on Tuesday, saying he had been convicted of “corruption on Earth,” a charge often used in cases involving espionage or attempts to overthrow Iran’s government. Zam. Zam, who has said he fled Iran after being falsely accused of working with foreign intelligence services, denied inciting violence on Telegram at the time.The 2017 protests reportedly saw some 5,000 people detained and 25 killed.Mr. Esmaili said she got two separate sentences, a five and a one year prison terms on security charges and that under Iranian law, the longer sentence is the one a convict serves. A series of a televised confessions have aired in recent months over his work.Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Mr. But as protests spread from town to town, the backlash turned against the entire ruling class.Soon, cries directly challenging Mr. Zam was convicted of "corruption on Earth," a charge used in cases involving espionage or attempts to overthrow Iran’s government. 

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Journalist Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Iran, June 2, 2020. The cleric wrote a letter published by Iranian media in July 2017 in which he said he wouldn’t support his son over AmadNews’ reporting and messages on its Telegram channel.Separately, the judiciary spokesman said an appeals court had upheld a previous prison sentence for Fariba Adelkhah a prominent researcher with dual French-Iranian citizenship.

In a pandemic, is a fast government check better than a larger one?

Still Mr. But he says these moves will be insufficient once the $600 top-up ends. “There’s an obvious sense of hopelessness. Brewer’s life is stressful, too. in the Bronx, in the days after global health officials declared a pandemic that caused a cascade of shutdowns worldwide.For Ms. “We’ve gotten here because we want to be here. “I suspect the difference actually isn’t monetary. A recent paper from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore says only about one-third of America’s unemployed receive unemployment insurance payments. In a pandemic, is a fast government check better than a larger one? But generally it tends to be stingier and less supportive, especially of those who don’t work,” says Victor Chen, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, who studies economic inequality and compared autoworkers in Canada and the United States in his book “Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy.”And so even if Ms. Santiago more, Ms. Santiago says he doesn’t know how he’ll pay his bills come August. Jacob Turcotte/Staff
Mr. Brewer, being fired was followed by a fraught two weeks. Congress passed temporary federal pandemic legislation in March that gives jobless workers an extra $600 per week through July. “It’s the speed with which you can get your application and get your money in your bank account and pay your rent.”

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Sarah Brewer, general manager at The Mugshot Tavern in Canada’s largest metropolis, was laid off on March 16.In America’s biggest city, Oscar Santiago was also laid off in mid-March, from his job at the Gun Hill Brewing Co. Chen. Santiago are both eager to get back to full-time employment. It is ramped up usually during the crisis like we had with the Great Recession, and nowadays with the pandemic. Santiago, like many Americans, knows this bonus will be short-lived, so he is driving less, eating in, and using grocery coupons in anticipation of navigating future uncertainty.Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. Applicants faced a patchwork of assistance that varies widely by state. It’s just less ragged here.”Ms. (It was recently extended for two additional months and will end in early October.) It has faced various criticisms, including that it would discourage workers from returning to jobs, but the pushback was much weaker than against equivalent policies in the U.S. Once that ends, the maximum state payouts vary from $235 in Mississippi to almost four times that in Massachusetts.“The difference actually isn’t monetary. But one might have an easier path forward, says Dr. Santiago takes in more today   with the supplement than he was – $780 a week now (after taxes) compared with netting $600 pre-pandemic. “We don’t know how that will affect hours and wages.”But even before CERB, Canada’s system was much more robust than that in the U.S., especially for precarious families like single-earner households, and it includes universal health care. “It’s the speed with which you can get your application and get your money in your bank account and pay your rent.”More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance benefits since the pandemic started, leaving the U.S. “In terms of feeling safe, I’m super glad we are in Canada.”“The difference actually isn’t monetary”Canada’s introduction of the CERB was lauded for how quickly the country replaced   its system for paying jobless benefits with a simpler payout across the board of C$500 per week for four months. Once the payments began, thanks to a temporary $600 per week in extra jobless benefits, he has ended up making more money off the job than he did on – a show of how the world’s largest economy can support vulnerable people when it wants. At $2,000 (Canadian; U.S.$1,470) per four-week period, it meets her former salary minus tips, or about 70% of what she used to earn.Mr. Without the supplement, Mr. Santiago will have to make do with $257 a month after taxes – that’s less than half his paycheck at the brewery. They had invested in another restaurant a year ago whose doors remain shuttered since the shutdowns were first ordered and are now trying to build a patio in the back parking lot. “But we do deliver cash in ways that are quite powerfully redistributive. In Part 1 of “One pandemic, many safety nets: A global series,” we compare the responses of the United States and Canada. There’s little nationwide outcry for change. Her husband owns The Mugshot Tavern and has worked every day trying to keep the business running on takeout orders. … in the Bronx for 10 months when he was laid off in March. Brewer and Mr. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsSafety nets around the world are bearing untold weight. They just opened partial service on their patio under local laws. “It’s not like Canada is a social democratic society. Why We Wrote This

The pandemic has forced governments to come to their citizens’ aid during business shutdowns – and just how they’ve done it is illuminating values. And the future of hospitality worldwide is a vast unknown with strict social distancing rules required.“Restaurants and most businesses are not made to operate at half-capacity,” she says. Santiago show. And the size of weekly payments also varies. “If a worker in Canada loses a job [the worker] does not lose health care. People saying, ‘I can look after myself, and other people can take a hike,’ over the course of 50 years is what has led us to this point.”While some Americans may think Europe’s generous welfare benefits could stifle individual responsibilities, Canada offers something of a middle way in its balance to rev the economic engine but secure workers. But by the end of March, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for Canadians who lost jobs, got sick, had to quarantine, or had care for children out of school. Brewer and Mr. June 29, 2020

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Oscar Santiago had been working at the Gun Hill Brewing Co. “There is a difference philosophically between the two safety nets. It’s not that people want to have a bad social safety net. “I don’t have to worry about paying if my son falls out of a tree.”“We’re not like Sweden”In the U.S., benefits have temporarily expanded amid the pandemic, but they’ve been on a downward trajectory since the 1980s – being paid to fewer people in smaller amounts for shorter periods. Sara Miller Llana/The Christian Science Monitor

Sarah Brewer, general manager of The Mugshot Tavern in Toronto, has been given a $2,000 (Canadian; U.S.$1,470) a month emergency response benefit that has put her mind at ease about her economic security during the pandemic – for the time being. “So you don’t have a whole other set of cascading catastrophes that just simply fall from losing a job.”“It is a huge peace of mind,” says Ms. Santiago takes in more today with New York’s unemployment benefits than he had been while employed, but that ends in August. )

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As the coronavirus pandemic dogs economies around the world, prompting slowdowns and lockdowns that necessitate governments to help businesses survive, safety nets around the world are bearing untold weight. Rent alone runs more than $800 each month in Queens, where he lives with his girlfriend. And from North America to Europe, Asia to Latin America, countries are taking distinct approaches to blunt the economic, social, and political consequences.In North America, the approaches of the United States and Canada offer stark contrasts in governmental philosophy around aiding citizenry – both before and during times of crisis.Canada’s support program was lauded for how quickly it created a simpler across-the-board unemployment benefit of $500 (Canadian; U.S.$370) per week for four months. Many states either don’t want to pay benefits or can’t afford to. And from North America to Europe, Asia to Latin America, countries are taking distinct approaches to blunt the economic, social, and political consequences. You don’t know what’s coming,” he says. It’s speed,” says David Macdonald, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Ottawa. Those programs tend to reflect a country’s values and ethos around work and welfare, as the experiences of Ms. Mr. “If Congress doesn’t act, some people will be hungry and eventually homeless,” he says. It’s speed,” says David Macdonald of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. We do not spend the kind of money, nor do we offer [policies] in a universal way remotely to the extent that a Scandinavian country does, or even like lots of not-so-universalistic countries like Germany,” says Dr. Brewer feels on firmer footing. unemployment rate higher than at any time since the Great Depression. The U.S. That’s a huge single thing,” says Richard Johnston, a professor of comparative politics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. No paywall. one tends to be very flimsy in general. So the ability of taxes and transfers, for example, to offset market income inequalities in Canada is quite a bit more robust than in the U.S. More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance benefits since the pandemic started. Loading… “It’s been super tough, but at least I’m not alone in my suffering,” he says.Ms. Some connect that to racism.“There’s a radicalized perspective that Social Security is good because old white people are using it, but Medicaid is bad because younger, minority people are using it,” says Chris Jackson, a senior vice president and lead for the American public polling practice at Ipsos, a global market research company. … Brewer. Congress passed temporary federal pandemic legislation – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – in March that gives unemployed workers an extra $600 per week through July.Since the state of New York offers one of the more substantial unemployment benefits, with average payouts   running up to $504 every week for up to 26 weeks, Mr. We’re not like Sweden. “I was having really bad anxiety; I had to jump into home schooling with no income and no idea of what the future would bring,” she says. Johnston. Santiago went through a difficult two months before he saw any government money. Brewer is pocketing less money now and Mr. But workers in North Carolina and Missouri   would   each tap out at fewer than 14 weeks’ coverage, were it not for the temporary CARES Act provisions that may extend the duration of benefits to up to 39 weeks in 2020. With the booster from the CARES Act set to expire soon unless Congress takes fresh action, maximum weekly benefits will range from $235   in Mississippi to almost four times that in Massachusetts, according to   Saving to Invest, a personal finance blog.In a first, Congress has also provided assistance to contractors, gig workers, and the self-employed: those who have long fallen through the cracks of the 21st-century economy, says Stephen Wandner, a senior fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance.
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… No paywall. “I would be more secure in Canada because of that past history of support. side,   and the blame [toward] people who are unemployed, it tends to be quite intense,” he says. In America, our generosity is very short-lived.”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. American workers “are going to see more stigma. There is more of a sense of a longer-term commitment to making sure folks ride out the storm. The kind of self-blame on the U.S.

Baluchistan insurgency strikes Pakistan stock exchange

The militants killed at least three people during the attack, before special police forces took down all four gunmen. Loading… Fareed Khan/AP

Security personnel surround the Stock Exchange Building after gunmen’s attack in Karachi, Pakistan, June 29, 2020. Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsLocal television stations broadcast images of police in full body armor surrounding the building but still staying outside the high-walled compound of the stock exchange.Rizwan Ahmend, a police official at the scene, said that after opening fire, the gunmen entered the stock exchange grounds. The group has been waging an insurgency for years, demanding independence for Pakistan’s gas-rich southwestern Baluchistan province, which borders the southern Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital.The group also circulated to the media a photograph of four men in full body armor and camouflage outfits, saying they were the militants who attacked the stock exchange.At a news conference later Monday, Maj. They launched the attack by opening fire at the entrance gate of the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the southern port city, the country’s financial center.Heavily armed special forces quickly surrounded the building located in the heart of Karachi’s financial district, where the Pakistan State Bank is located, as well as the headquarters of several national and international financial institutions. The group has been waging an insurgency for years, demanding independence for Pakistan’s gas-rich southwestern Baluchistan province. June 29, 2020

By Adil Jawad
Associated Press

Karachi, Pakistan
Militants attacked the stock exchange in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, killing at least three people – two guards and a policeman, according to police. He said that after the attack was over, food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long siege, which police quickly thwarted.Inside the stock exchange, broker Yaqub Memon told The Associated Press that he and others were huddled inside their offices while the attack was underway. Baluchistan insurgency strikes Pakistan stock exchange

The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for a Monday attack on Karachi’s stock exchange. Special police forces deployed to the scene of the attack and in a swift operation secured the building, killing all four gunmen.A third security guard was reported to be in critical condition following the assault.There were no reports of any wounded among the brokers and employees inside the exchange and a separatist militant group from a neighboring province later claimed responsibility for the attack.The attackers were armed with grenades and automatic rifles, police said. The Baluchistan militant group has opposed the one-road project, including a highway connecting the Gwadar port to the Chinese border.The Karachi stock exchange is Pakistan’s largest and oldest stock exchange, incorporated today with the exchanges in Islamabad and Lahore. As the firing ended and the gunmen were killed, police gathered all the employees and brokers in a single room while security forces went floor by floor to ensure that no explosives had been left behind, he said.Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, said the bomb disposal team was also called to the stock exchange to clear the building of any explosive devises.Later, the Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan mountain region of Kashmir, which is divided between the two but coveted by both in its entirety.The Baluchistan Liberation Army, which Pakistan says has found safe shelter across the border in Afghanistan, has carried out several attacks in Karachi in recent years, including an attack on the Chinese Consulate in November 2018 that killed two people.General Bukhari said Monday’s attack bore the same hallmarks as the Chinese Consulate attack, with the level of coordination and a large ammunition stockpile found at the scene.Pakistani police and Rangers found more than a dozen hand grenades, boxes of ammunition, and several automatic rifles that the attackers had brought to the stock exchange.The Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is located in Baluchistan, and is part of China’s multi-billion dollar one-road project linking south and Central Asia to China. Gen Omar Ahmed Bokhari who overseas the paramilitary Rangers force, which took part in the operation, accused neighboring India of aiding the attackers, by allegedly activating “sleeper cells” that Pakistan claims Indian intelligence has planted throughout the country.India and Pakistan routinely exchange allegations of using militant groups to attack the other country.

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Monday Sunrise Briefing: New US surges and shutdowns

Republican Gov. The teacher invited him out for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Greg Abbott ordered bars closed in Texas due to the coronavirus. Matthew Gaskamp, general manager of The Lodge, boards up his bar on in Austin, Texas, June 26, 2020, after Gov. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda debuts on the Disney Plus streaming service, starring the original Broadway cast.Generosity Watch

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Dominique Moore, a teacher at Bessemer City High School in Alabama, took a 2020 graduate to lunch. The White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video. It has resisted past efforts to remove what is a symbol of oppression for many of its residents. The opposition candidate won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election Saturday, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Tuesday, June 30Reckoning with history. accessing President Trump’s tax returns).Rethinking a relationship: The EU and the UK resume future relationship negotiations for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. A shortened 60-game season is planned starting late July.Friday, July 3‘Hamilton’ on the small screen. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Closed again. “I believe civil war politics ended a long time ago in our country, but today civil war politics ends in our parliament,’’ said Mr. Meanwhile, President Trump reposted a video Sunday of his supporters in Florida, including a man shouting “white power.”   A few hours later, Mr. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s independence, the Belgian city of Ghent is scheduled to remove a statue of Belgian King Leopold II, accused of causing the death of millions of Congolese in what was at the time Belgian Congo,Economic insights.   The festival is available to   stream   for free   through July 3. Florida Gov. Annexation is a term used when a state unilaterally incorporates another territory within its borders. Sen. Vice President Mike Pence praised Texas Gov. The annual Aspen Ideas Festival goes digital this year, featuring 56 speakers on subjects ranging from Black Lives Matters and COVID-19 to immigration and communication. A July 12 runoff will likely pit the populist incumbent against the centrist Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.In Ireland, centrist politician Micheál Martin became the new prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition government. Welcome to your Monday, June 29 2020, sunrise briefing. Here are three news events from this past weekend (while you may have been tubing, tandem bicycling and enjoying an offline life). It’s an affirmation of the integrity of the electoral process and constitutional checks and balances. Moore told Carol Robinson at the Alabama Media Group. Mississippi is the last U.S. And Moore says, like most teachers, he does these small things for students regularly and never tells anyone. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said the tweet was “indefensible.”

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Italian Coast Guard divers freed a sperm whale caught in a fishing net off the coast of Lipari, Italy, June 26, 2020. Major League Baseball players are expected to report to training camps Wednesday. The deal will see Mr. “But this one just didn’t sit well with me. I don’t know what it was.” He decided to   post the story on Facebook, and included his Cash App in case anyone wanted to be a “blessing” to the teen. Look AheadMonday, June 29Rule of law   The U.S. Two Florida counties will close beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. Varadkar   3. Fed Chair Jerome Powell is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee about the CARE Act, the $2 trillion federal aid package to help individuals, families, and businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown. Tate Reeves said Saturday for the first time that he would sign a bill to change the flag: “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it.”  
Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsIn New Jersey, Princeton University announced it will remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views. Monday Sunrise Briefing: New US surges and shutdowns

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Good morning! Moore.Hidden gemStart your week with a recent story that inspired Monitor readers:Beyond fortitude: COVID-19 nurses tap a hidden strength – “sisu”Sneak previewIn tonight’s Daily Edition, watch for our story about how a black magician makes racism disappear. On Sunday, Mississippi lawmakers voted to retire the flag. Loading… The victory by Lazarus Chakwera, a former evangelical church leader, came after months of street protests in the southern African nation.In Poland, the conservative president, Andrzej Duda, fell short of the needed 50% of votes to win in a first round, according to exit polls Sunday. The teacher says they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to officially announce Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea. Greg Abbott Sunday for reimposing restrictions, and told residents to “wear a mask.”   A rise in coronavirus cases prompted the Trump-Pence reelection team to call off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this week. Democracy wins in Africa, Poland, and Ireland. New York is now offering to help Arizona, Texas, and Florida, noting that other states came to its aid. scrapped plans to reopen its California theme parks on July 17. Moore dropped off the graduate at his new job at Amazon. Wednesday, July 1West Bank annexation. Martin’s Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing PM Leo Varadkar — and with the smaller Green Party. Negotiations will be conducted in person in Brussels.Seeking solutions. Also, what to look for in the news this week. Trump deleted the tweet. Supreme Court has several big cases they could issue opinions on Monday and Tuesday, including decisions on abortion, religion and school tuition, as well as the separation of powers between the president and Congress (i.e. state flying the Confederate battle flag. As of Thursday, more than $5,000 had been collected.The next day the two went to a local bank and opened a checking account in the student’s name. His Facebook post may have changed the teen’s life. Ron DeSantis attributed the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases to young people flouting social distancing rules. Then, they went shopping for a used car to transport the graduate to his job. Walt Disney Co. “It shows that mankind is good,” said Mr. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have never before formed a government together. After a meal of shrimp, fries, and Oreo cheesecake (a first for the student), Mr. Symbols of racial injustice fall. Baseball warms up. “We will never forget that graciousness, and we will repay it any way we can,” Gov. On Sunday, California joined Texas and Florida in shutting down bars. Imagine graduating from high school and no one is there to celebrate with you.As Dominique Moore was cleaning up after graduation festivities at Bessemer City High School in Alabama on June 18, the teacher noticed one of his students sitting alone.“‘Where are your people?’ and he was like, ‘Nobody’s here,‘’’ Mr. The teacher never asked why no one came to the boy’s graduation – he just wanted to celebrate the achievement. President Duda’s Law and Justice party has been in conflict with the European Union over passage of laws that give it control over top courts and key judicial bodies. June 29, 2020

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In adjusting the balance between economic health and public health, 13 states are now reversing – or putting on pause – the reopening of businesses. Andrew Cuomo said.2.

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Malawi election: A vote for democracy and a new president

Mutharika of doing little to tackle corruption. Chakwera was well ahead with all votes in. It’s an honor that fills with unspeakable joy and immense gratitude,” Mr. Chakwera was sworn in for a five-year term on Sunday, hours after officially unseating Mr. Chakwera won with 58% of the vote, or 2.6 million votes out of 4.4 million cast. Mutharika.”To stand before you as president today is an honor. Mutharika’s government to get Malawi’s chief justice to step down just days before the new election had failed amid an outcry. Mutharika.Some celebrations began Thursday night when Malawi’s state broadcaster reported that Mr. Sunday, Chakwera was sworn in as president. Mutharika on Saturday asked the country to “move on peacefully” and respect the presidency. Loading… “This is a win for Malawians, a win for democracy.”
Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairsMalawi’s drama was just the second time in Africa that a court has overturned a presidential election, following a ruling on Kenya’s vote in 2017. Fireworks popped.“I’m so happy I could dance all night,” Mr. Chakwera, former leader of the Malawi Assemblies of God church, told reporters. But the electoral commission, revamped since the court’s ruling, indicated it was taking time to meet legal requirements in verifying results.The commission’s new chair, judge Chifundo Kachale, while announcing the results acknowledged that “it has been a very interesting journey.” He said turnout was 64% of 6.8 million registered voters.An attempt by Mr. June 28, 2020

By Gregory Gondwe
Associated Press

Blantyre, Malawi
The opposition has won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader.Lazarus Chakwera’s victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in the southern African nation, and of a unanimous decision by the Constitutional Court that widespread irregularities in the May 2019 election – including the use of correction fluid on ballots – could not stand.President Peter Mutharika, who had sought a second five-year term, earlier Saturday called the rerun of the election “the worst in Malawi’s history.” He alleged his party’s monitors had been beaten and intimidated during Tuesday’s election, but the Malawi Human Rights Commission, an observer, called the vote peaceful and transparent.Mr. “Curbing corruption is crucial now more than ever,”   Lauryn Nyasulu, president of the Economics Association of   Malawi told Reuters. Chakwera, decided instead to stand as his running mate in a bid to maximize chances of unseating Mr. Mutharika received 1.7 million. “The government needs to seal all loopholes and use whatever resources available in efforts to rebuild the economy and safeguard the welfare of those that have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”Mr. Critics had accused Mr. Chakwera said in his acceptance speech. Aware that time was running out, Mr. In Kenya’s fresh election, the president won while the opposition boycotted.As Malawi prepared for its new vote, incumbent Vice President Saulos Chilima, who split last year’s results with Mr. Flag-waving supporters erupted in cheers as the results were read out, and some street celebrations began.
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Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera addresses supporters after a court annulled the May 2019 presidential vote in Lilongwe, Malawi, February 4, 2020. Malawi election: A vote for democracy and a new president

Lazarus Chakwera became Malawi’s new president Sunday after months of street protests and a decision by the Constitutional Court for a new election.
Chakwera’s win brings it back into power after 26 years in opposition. “With your help, we will restore a new generation’s faith in the possibility of having a government that serves, not a government that rules,” he told a cheering crowd dressed in the colors of his own   Malawi   Congress Party (MCP) and the allied party of Mr. Chilima.MCP is   Malawi’s founding party and Mr.

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Guapdad 4000 – Lil Scammer That Could Lyrics (feat. Denzel Curry)

Wanna pull up in a Lamb’? Tired of sittin’ in a kitchen everyday just eatin’ spam
f*ck diamonds and pearls, I want all the coal and all the clams
Bought me a new iPhone and see all the apps or holograms
Dodgin’ ham, pig, oink-oink, with the body cam
They will never catch me for the law and I don’t give a damn
Ooh, back in the day it was me and my goons
I came from Carol City, caught a flight to Cancún
My neck come from the Bay, it’s a Boss Tycoon
RIP to Mac Dre, he was gone too soon
Real nigga here, so you better make room
Chopper street sweeper, hit that man with the broom
I gotta bet it all, ’cause a nigga can’t lose
I gotta bet it all, ’cause a nigga
[Guapdad 4000:]
Look at this, way too many hoes on my dick
I can’t even take the f*ckin’ piss (Piss)
Big weird, stop actin’ like R. Kelly, lil’ bro (Never)
Fake woke hoes, they just f*ckin’ for brunch (Mimosa)
Bitch, my money longer than the DMV, line, line
Cartier my eyes, got my VV, VV sublime-blime-blime
Money talk, so you not speakin’ bands (Hah)
Take over the world, ’cause I think I can, I think I can
[Denzel Curry:]
I know I can, I know I can, I’m juggin’ off the Instagram
I swipe it all, I gotta scram, proceed to hit the running man
What you know about a scam? Look at this, way too many hoes on my dick
I can’t even take a f*ckin’ piss (Piss)
Big weird, stop actin’ like R. Kelly, lil’ bro (Ah)
Fake woke hoes, they just f*ckin’ for brunch (Brunch)
Bitch, my money longer than the DMV, line, line
Cartier my eyes, got my VV, VV sublime-blime-blime
Money talk, so you not speakin’ bands (Bands)
Take over the world, ’cause I think I can, I think I can
I know I can, I go again, these niggas is annoying
I’m flexin’, I flexed on them, rub it in like ointment
They throwin’ bands at my bitch, my ego is enormous
Gigantic, I see your antic, you ain’t informant
Forment, these niggas snitchin’, these niggas bitches
Hungry, I’m eatin’ bitches and shittin’ riches
Indulgin’, please don’t interrupt me when I’m dosin’
Paperazzi takin’ pictures, I just be posin’
They cockin’, I leave ’em jawless, I’m from West Stokely
Dope fiends, with my fam’, I’m from where the dope is
Took me for a store walk, serve ’em then got to a roof
Wipe me down like floor mops, I’ma rip the doors up
I’ma put the doors up, the Tesla like a [?]
Swipin’ on your store front, we come to f*ck your store up
It’s just me and James Delgado scrubbin’ cars down on the model
Drink my liquor straight from bottle, shooter with me, hostile
Look at this, way too many hoes on my dick
I can’t even take a f*ckin’ piss (Piss)
Big weird, stop actin’ like R. Kelly, lil’ bro (Never)
Fake woke hoes, they just f*ckin’ for brunch (Mimosa)
Bitch, my money longer than the DMV, line, line
Cartier my eyes, got my VV, VV sublime-blime-blime
Money talk, so you not speakin’ bands (Hah)
Take over the world, ’cause I think I can, I think I can, I [Guapdad 4000:]
Yeah, look at this
James Delgado
Would you look at this?

Kesha – Children Of The Revolution Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah
[Verse 1]
Well, you can bump and grind
If it’s good for your mind
Well, you can twist and   shout
Or   let it all   hang out
[Chorus]
But you won’t fool the   children of the revolution
No, you won’t fool the children of   the   revolution
No,   no, no
[Verse 2]
Well, you   can tear a   plane
In the falling rain
I drive a Rolls Royce
‘Cause it’s good for my voice
[Chorus]
But you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, no, no
[Bridge]
Yeah
Yeah, man
[Verse 3]
Well, you can bump and grind
If it’s good for your mind
Well, you can twist and shout
Let it all hang out
[Chorus]
But you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No, no, no
[Outro]
No

Kenzie – Exhale Lyrics (feat. Sia)

[Verse 1: kenzie]
Pressure buildin’, put that on me
Time to finish what we started
Give me what I always   wanted
Mirror,   mirror, tell me   something
[Pre-Chorus: kenzie]
You been holdin’ on and on   for way too long
The beat is heated up, the bass go boom
You been workin’ double time to catch your breath
The tempo speeded up but don’t stop yet
[Chorus: kenzie]
You need to, you need to exhale
So let everything go (Let it go, yeah)
Baby, you in control
You need to, you need to exhale
So let everything go (Let it go, yeah)
Baby, you in control
[Verse 2: Sia]
Don’t stop, keep it goin’
Lights on, lights off, I’m still glowin’
Confidence I’m overflowin’
Voices tell me, “Keep your focus”
[Pre-Chorus: kenzie]
You been holdin’ on and on for way too long
The beat is heated up, the bass go boom
You been workin’ double time to catch your breath
The tempo speeded up but don’t stop yet
[Chorus: kenzie]
You need to, you need to exhale
So let everything go (Let it go, yeah)
Baby, you in control
You need to, you need to exhale
So let everything go (Let it go, yeah)
Baby, you in control
[Bridge: kenzie]
Watch me do it, watch me own it
I know I got it
Keep on movin’, keep on goin’
‘Cause if you want it
[Chorus: kenzie & Sia]
You need to, you need to exhale
So let everything go
Baby, you in control
You need to, you need to exhale (Breathe)
So let everything go (Breathe, yeah)
Baby, you in control
[Outro: kenzie]
You need to, you need to exhale

Megan Thee Stallion – Girls In The Hood Lyrics

[Lyrics from Snippet]
… came with a Magnum
It never happened if them bitches wasn’t snappin’
I’m a hot girl,   I   do hot shit
That’s   when his shit come on my   outfit
I don’t text quick ’cause I ain’t thirsty
…Bein’ good, I’m   a   bad   bitch (Ha)
I’m sick   of motherf*ckers tryna   tell me how to live (Ha)
Whack hoes hate under my pictures on the ‘Gram (Ugh)
Bitch you better hope I never run across your man, uh
In the mall wit’ ’em (Uh, uh), I’ma have a ball wit’ ’em (Woah)
Somebody call Rihanna, I’m about to [?] wit’ ’em
He f*ckin’ with Thee Stallion ’cause he in the wild wit’ me
Legs on his head, now he love tall women (Ugh, ugh, ahh)

Cory Lee – The Naughty Song Lyrics

Gotta get you out of my mind
Gotta get you into my life
I know that your down
But the way you watchin’ me
Your takin’ words away and
I can hardly speak
There’s just room for two
In my fantasy
So baby lose your crew
And come away with me
Turn down the lights and light up the party
I got the ride and you got the naughty
Leave your boys and your girls tonight
Come home to me ASAP
Turn down the lights and light up the party
I got the time and you got the body
Leave your boys and your girls tonight
Come home to me ASAP
Tonight’s the night
And it’s only just begun
All the boys and the girls that wanna f*** tonight
Gotta turn the naughty on (x2)
I like what you say
By the way you rock your shows
And the way you wear your smile
Got me really diggin you
Oh, this bump and grind
Makes everyone afraid
Let’s get out of sight
Baby run away with me
Turn down the lights and light up the party
I got the ride and you got the naughty
Leave your boys and your girls tonight
Come home to me ASAP
Turn down the lights and light up the party
I got the time and you got the body
Leave your boys and your girls tonight
Come home to me ASAP
Tonight’s the night
And it’s only just begun
All the boys and the girls that wanna f*** tonight
Gotta turn the naughty on (x2)
Gotta get you out of my mind
Gotta get you out of my head
Gotta get you into my life
Gotta get you in my bed
(x2)
Turn down the lights and light up the party
I got the ride and you got the naughty
Leave your boys and your girls tonight
Come home to me ASAP
Tonight’s the night
And it’s only just begun
All the boys and the girls that wanna f*** tonight
Gotta turn the naughty on (x2)

Becky Hill & Sigala – Heaven On My Mind Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Last night, I had a dream
Was up in the clouds, was finally free
I heard a   choir   started to sing
The   songs that we sang when you   were with me
[Pre-Chorus]
I never thought I’d be so high
There’s no need for me to hide
All I need is right here with me now
I can feel it in my bones
Almost like I’m coming home
Nothing in this world can bring me down
[Chorus]
I’ve been searching for a sign
Everything is gonna be alright
Got no religion, but tonight
Baby, I got heaven on my mind
Now I’m standing in the light
Everything is gonna be alright
Got no religion, but tonight
Baby, I got heaven on my mind
[Post-Chorus]
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
[Verse 2]
Oh, angel of mine
You’re all I need to reach paradise
All of my worries and fears are carried away when you are near
(When you are near)
[Pre-Chorus]
I never thought I’d be so high
There’s no need for me to hide
All I need is right here with me now (Right here, right here)
I can feel it in my bones (In my bones)
Almost like I’m coming home (Coming home)
Nothing in this world can bring me down
[Chorus]
I’ve been searching for a sign
Everything is gonna be alright
Got no religion, but tonight
Baby, I got heaven on my mind (Heaven on my mind)
Now I’m standing in the light
Everything is gonna be alright
Got no religion, but tonight (No religion, no)
Baby, I got heaven on my mind
[Post-Chorus]
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
(Ooh)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah (Ah, oh)
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah (Heaven)
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah (Heaven)
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
Ah, ah-ah-ah-ah (On my mind)
(Heaven on my, heaven on my)
[Outro]
Heaven on my mind
Heaven on my mind (Ooh, oh)
Heaven on my mind
Heaven on my mind (Heaven on my mind)
Heaven on my mind (Ah, ah)
Heaven on my mind

Dominic Fike – Chicken Tenders Lyrics

Chicken tenders in my hotel, yeah
Christina’s in my bed watchin’ TV shows
When she hit the remote with her legs shakin’, that’s good love makin’
Watchin’ wherever my head facin’ just for puffs, baby
White wings in my pillows and blankets (Lovin’ under covers)
I got markings on my body from Tracy (All on my body, girl)
Rodeo for Cartier glasses
But, girl, you know how itchy my back get (Whoa)
Every time (Every time)
We settled but it never felt right ’cause we can’t keep still
And we try to fight the way everything feels
When we step out of line
I met you, gaze and it was love that we were makin’
And she spoke a different language
There was no need for translation
And I ordered chicken fingers to my room, girl
But we got some things to do first
Chicken tenders in my hotel, yeah
Christina’s in my bed watchin’ TV shows
When she hit the remote with her legs shakin’, that’s good love makin’
Watchin’ wherever my head facin’ just for puffs, baby
White wings in my pillows and blankets (Lovin’ under covers)
I got markings on my body from Tracy (All on my body, girl)
Rodeo for Cartier glasses
But, girl, you know how itchy my back get (All on my body, girl)
Every night (Every night she called)
You called me for whatever feels right
Baby, don’t stay still, make your mind
You could be wakin’ up in here for the rest of your life
And I knew just what she was thinkin’
With no need for speculation
Just your body and a blanket
And I hope this doesn’t change it
‘Cause the best part of my day is (Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
When I get to see you naked
Chicken tenders in my hotel, yeah
Christina’s in my bed watchin’ TV shows
When she hit the remote with her legs shakin’, that’s good love makin’
Watchin’ wherever my head facin’ just for puffs, baby
White wings in my pillows and blankets (Lovin’ under covers)
I got markings on my body from Tracy (All on my body, girl)
Rodeo for Cartier glasses (Oh, oh, oh)
But, girl, you know how itchy my back get

August Alsina – Tonight Lyrics

Play this song
[Intro]
Pull up
Pull up tonight
Tonight
Tonight
[Chorus]
Play out your fantasy (Baby)
Let out your stress on me (Stress on   me)
You   know I got   what you need (Yeah, girl)
You gon’   be right when you leave here (Yeah, girl)
Tonight (Yeah)
Tonight (Girl, come over)
Tonight (Yeah)
Tonight (Come see me)
Tonight (Give it to me, yeah)
Tonight (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Tonight (Yeah)
Come and get better tonight
[Verse 1]
Your name at the gate, pull up (Pull up)
Got no time to waste, come inside (Yeah, yeah)
You can leave them heels on (Heels on)
Pull them panties over to the side
Let’s get it here in the hallway (Hallway)
Bend over there by the staircase (Stair)
I know that you had a long day (Long)
Girl, let’s work it out (Oh)
Take it outside on the balcony (Balcony)
Don’t give a damn, let the neighbors see (Neighbors see)
I swear I can be your therapy (Yeah, yeah)
That’s without a doubt
[Pre-Chorus]
Throw it back (Back), back shots (Shots)
Flick it up (Up), snapshots (Shots)
Hands on (Hands on) your body (Body)
Hittin’ your spot, like you got it
No games (No games) I play (I play)
We can run it back like a replay (Replay)
You ain’t know you dealin’ with a freak, babe (Pull up)
Beat it ’til you gotta go to sleep, babe (Yeah)
[Chorus]
Play out your fantasy (Baby)
Let out your stress on me (Stress on me)
You know I got what you need (Yeah, girl)
You gon’ be right when you leave here (Yeah, girl)
Tonight (Yeah)
Tonight (Girl, come over)
Tonight (Yeah)
Tonight (Come see me)
Tonight (Give it to me, yeah)
Tonight (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Tonight (Yeah)
Come and get better tonight
[Verse 2]
Okay, you had a break, wake up (Wake up)
Get in that position that I like (I like)
You say you can take it all (That’s what you said)
It would be a shame if I don’t try (Try)
Girl, I fuck with you the long way (Long way)
No, I don’t want you to stress (No)
Bring all your problems to my room (My room)
So I can help you forget (‘Get)
You know we in for a long night (Long night)
Hope you remembered to stretch (Yeah)
Don’t wanna hear no complainin’ (No, no)
Girl, when you get in this bed
[Pre-Chorus]
Throw it back (Back), back shots (Shots)
Flick it up (Up), snapshots (Shots)
Hands on (Hands on) your body (Body)
Hittin’ your spot, like you got it
No games (No games) I play (I play)
We can run it back like replay (Replay)
You ain’t know you dealin’ with a freak, babe (Pull up)
Beat it ’til you gotta go to sleep, babe (Yeah)
[Chorus]
Play out your fantasy (Baby)
Let out your stress on me (Stress on me)
You know I got what you need (Yeah, girl)
You gon’ be right when you leave here (Yeah, girl)

Pamungkas – Riding the Wave Lyrics

Play this song
[Verse 1]
Penny
For a thought I would be rich
Ruling the world I’d be king
Oh my oh my
Plenty
Of   things   I would like   to say
But somewhat I am short   on words
Oh my oh my
[Pre-Chorus]
I’m falling again
And I get up again
Continuum it seems
[Chorus]
I’m riding the wave
I’m hiding ‘cause feelings keep drifting apart
And wanting more is just gonna get me
Down to my belly
I’m riding the wave
I get out, the air gets too lonely to breathe, oh
And saying so much will only take me
Drag me
Down to my knees
Oh I’m riding the wave
Oh oh oh yeah
[Instrumental]
[Chorus]
I’m riding the wave
I’m hiding ‘cause feelings keep drifting apart
And wanting more is just gonna get me
Down to my belly
I’m riding the wave
I get out, the air gets too lonely to breathe, oh
And saying so much will only take me
Drag me
Down to my knees
I’m riding the wave
And asking for more will only take me
Down to my belly
I’m riding the wave
I get out, the bed is too lonely to sleep, oh
And thinking so much will only take me
Drag me
Down to my knees, whoa ooh
I’m riding the wave
[Outro]
(I’m just flowing around, floating about)
(Riding the wave, moving forward)
(From one distraction to another)
(I’m just flowing around, floating about)
Riding the wave, moving forward
From one distraction to another
I’m just flowing around, floating about
(Riding the wave) riding the wave
(Moving forward) moving forward
(From one distraction to another)

August Alsina – Lessons Lyrics

Play this song
[Chorus]
Had to learn a little bit, grow a little bit
Realize on the way up
That I   was   taught so many   lessons
Yeah, yeah, I learned so many   lessons, yes
I’m living proof that if you don’t go through shit
When you come up fast
Everything that you work for won’t seem to last
Man, I learned so many lessons
Yeah, I learned so many lessons, yes
Learned so many lessons
[Verse 1]
Every day that you wake up (Wake up)
Make sure you pray before startin’ your day ’cause (Day)
Tomorrow ain’t promised (No)
Today is a gift, so don’t waste it away
Call and tell someone you love ’em
Show somebody that you been thinkin’ of ’em
It ain’t about romance, it could really be your last chance
Turn off your cellphone (Oh, oh)
Give yourself sometime to think and be alone
How can you be about your business
Followin’ niggas with no business
So many people in show business got nothin’ to show for it (No, no)
Write out your dreams and just go for it (Go for it)
Fill up your pitcher before you can pour from it
[Pre-Chorus]
Always listen to your first mind
Never tell no one, it’s your time
‘Cause the spectators watchin’ you grind
Really hopin’ that you don’t get more shine than ’em
Those kinds of friends are really your enemies
All of these little philosophies
Took a minute to get into me, and that’s ’cause
[Chorus]
Had to learn a little bit, grow a little bit
Realize on the way up
That I was taught so many lessons
Yeah, yeah, I learned so many lessons, yes
I’m living proof that if you don’t go through shit
When you come up fast
Everything that you work for won’t seem to last
Man, I learned so many lessons
Yeah, I learned so many lessons, yes
Learned so many lessons
[Verse 2]
You know the ones who really down for you
Are the ones who feel you when you down
Look out for them niggas who playin’ on ya
Loyalty ain’t nowhere to be found
Fuck with no one who’s afraid of
Callin’ you out on your bullshit
That’s the ones who showin’ real love
That’s the niggas you can build with
Always keep your word (Oh, oh)
Only thing you really got here on this Earth
Don’t let no one treat you less than what you’re worth
Being selfish ain’t the same as puttin’ you first
That’s the first law of nature (Oh)
Survival of the fittest (Oh)
Know that your haters love to hate you
Really don’t matter what it is
[Pre-Chorus]
Always listen to your first mind
Never tell no one, it’s your time
‘Cause the spectators watchin’ you grind (You grind)
Really hopin’ that you don’t get more shine than ’em (Them)
Those kinds of friends are really your enemies (Enemies)
All of these little philosophies (Yeah)
Took a minute to get into me, and that’s ’cause
[Chorus]
Had to learn a little bit, grow a little bit
Realize on the way up
That I was taught so many lessons
Yeah, yeah, I learned so many lessons, yes
I’m living proof that if you don’t go through shit
When you come up fast
Everything that you work for won’t seem to last
Man, I learned so many lessons
Yeah, I learned so many lessons, yes
Learned so many lessons

Pop Smoke – Run Down Lyrics

Pussy niggas gon’ try who? Play this song
[Intro: Pop Smoke]
Look, bah, grrt, woo
(Yoz, what you tellin’ me?)
Hold up, yeah, woo
[Chorus: Pop Smoke]
Look, see them hatin’ ass   niggas   talkin’, tell ’em   niggas stop it (Yeah, look)
Woo back   baby, run down, chase ’em (Yeah, bah)
Off the Perky (Woo), boy, I’m dangerous (Yeah)
I’m in the double R, shit look like a spaceship (Woo)
Everything is updated (Look)
[Verse 1: Pop Smoke]
Soon as folk see my [?], I’m droppin’ the race
I ain’t gon’ stop until a body drop
And I can’t wait to see that day (Woo)
In my roof, [?] with Chick-Fli-A
And a 50 Cent cake (Woo)
Now it’s Mastro’s for the steak (Mastro’s for the steak)
Yeah, I grew up in the hood (Grew up)
So please don’t judge me by my ways
Hands down, look
If I see an opp, it’s a man down (Bah)
Hold on (Hold on), wait (Wait), I ain’t never need a hand down (Yeah)
They know my body
When the Woo’s in the spot, all the opps ran out (Woo)
[Chorus: Pop Smoke]
Look, see them hatin’ ass niggas talkin’, tell ’em niggas stop it (Yeah, look)
Woo back baby, run down, chase ’em (Yeah, bah)
Off the Perky (Woo), boy, I’m dangerous (Yeah)
I’m in the double R, shit look like a spaceship (Woo)
Everything is updated
[Verse 2: 1090 OP]
A thousand ways to get paid (You know)
1090 be exact (Ha)
And I’m so stuck in my ways (Ways)
That my bros steady movin’ tact
Hold on, hold on, I’ve been a Rick, you get rolled on (What?)
So many opps, so many shots, I don’t know who we gon’ roll on (What?)
Slide through, servin’ these niggas like drive-thrus
Red flag on, bangin’ on niggas
Yeah, I’m feelin’ like Ryu (Woo-woo)
Try who? (What?)
Ran through a hundred, niggas been a hundred
Call up with Woo, then I’m slidin’ through (Ooh)
[Chorus: Pop Smoke]
Look, see them hatin’ ass niggas talkin’, tell ’em niggas stop it (Yeah, look)
Woo back baby, run down, chase ’em (Yeah, bah)
Off the Perky (Woo), boy, I’m dangerous (Yeah)
I’m in the double R, shit look like a spaceship (Woo)
Everything is updated (Brrt)
[Outro]
(Yoz, what you tellin’ me?)